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March, 2015


So many exciting things are happening in the GATC!  Allow me to brag for a few minutes about some of the projects our members are involved in.

I just spent the last two days with 18 GATCers who gave up their weekend to become Wilderness First Aid certified.  These are trail maintainers, hike leaders, GATC Search and Rescue members, sawyers.  Whatever their reason for being there, they were all learning skills that will be beneficial on the trail in the case of a medical emergency.  The course was partially subsidized by an AT Tag grant. Many thanks to Jay Dement for applying for the grant; to our awesome instructors from Landmark Learning, Phil and Andy; and to all our enthusiastic participants.


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March 18, 2015

We have been notified of two prescribed burns taking place today.  One will affect primarily the Duncan Ridge area, the other could minimally impact the A.T. from Hawk Mountain to Hightower Gap.  For more information, please visit the USFS website.


February 18, 2015

The following notice was received today from the USFS:

As many of you know, we’ve had some significant winter weather in most of North Georgia over the past few days.  After a preliminary assessment of the impacts on yesterday, we’ve found that many of our Forest Service Roads are impassable and riddled with downed trees and power lines.

 Access to and within the Jake and Bull Trail System has been deemed impassable.

Travel to Springer Mountain is not advised, as routes to Springer are currently hazardous for travel.  Trees that have accumulated ice are weakened and subject to falling with high winds.

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GATC Mission Statement

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.  The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

C-ONFAll of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC manages all aspects of the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.